"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
EEBC Children’s ministry is dedicated to stand with parents to teach our children about God and his kingdom. However, we believe that parents take the primary responsibility. Often times parents wrongly look to church as the main Christian voice in the life of their children. But God’s Word clearly gives parents the ultimate responsibility of instructing children in the Lord:
"You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."(Deuteronomy 6:7)
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4)
Parents spend roughly 5,824 hours a year with their children, but kids typically spend less than 52 hours per year with their Sunday school teachers and small group leaders. Of course, these are just estimates, but there’s no denying the dramatic difference in available opportunities for parents to minister to their children as compared to a Sunday school teachers.
The home is the epicenter of spiritual development. Parents are called to teach, talk, and walk out their faith daily as they train up their children. Remember, truth is more often “caught” than “taught.” Our kids will learn more by watching us make decisions based on God’s Word, than they will by what their Sunday school teacher says each week.
Now school, of course, also plays a huge role in the life of a child. It is undeniable that your child will be exposed to a compromising culture that is less concerned with honoring God and more concerned with pleasing self.
The truth is you cannot fully control what your children are exposed to outside of your home. What you can control is what they are exposed to inside your home. Are you showing your family the importance of daily Bible reading and devotion time? Are you honoring your spouse with your words and actions? Are you allowing natural conversations about faith to flow throughout your home on a constant basis? Does your family have access to apologetic resources that will answer their questions and in turn solidify their faith? These things are vital to the spiritual health of your child.
Thankfully, our God is great at providing us with other methods to help each other.
Children ministry will post important reading materials on this Parent’s corner page to help parents in all area.
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